Grads Gift Guide + Win the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Smartphone

Time for students around the world to walk the stage and, after four (or however many) long years of hard word, claim their prizes. Well, yeah, the diplomas, sure, but we’re mostly talking about graduation gifts. After that last round of papers and finals, trust us, a new gadget is going to be a way more welcome sight than a piece of paper that exists to tell you that it’s time to get a job (or time to go get another piece of paper). Whichever mountain those kids need to climb, make sure they arrive at base camp with something they can use. Oh, and don’t forget to enter to win an Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 Smartphone below!

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JBL Clip


A perfect pick for summer, this tiny Bluetooth speaker can be clipped securely to whatever backpack your grad is taking with them to go traveling.

HTC One M9 Dot View Ice Case


A smartphone case that dares to be fun, the Dot View Ice case turns the screen of the One M9 into a pixelated display that can be used to scroll messages. If you can snatch their phone at some point and set up a scrolling message that says “Call Mom,” that would be ideal.

Hedgren Adela Tote


A fashionable and multifunctional tote bag, the Adela can fit a laptop comfortably and can be carried as a purse or handbag or across the body. A smart look for a smart (ex-)student.

Belkin MIXIT↑ Power Pack 4000


As the name suggests, this battery pack has a 4,000 mAh battery that can keep up to two mobile devices charged at once for your always on the go student.

Tory Burch for Fitbit Spring Collection

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A whole spate of new Tory Burch for Fitbit bracelets are coming out, including this red floral band perfect for summer trips to the beach.

Monopoly 80th Anniversary Edition


Business school grads? Business school grads. The 80th Anniversary Edition of Monopoly pays tribute to the game’s history with tokens taken from every decade of Monopoly’s friendship ruining run.

ZTE SPro Smart Projector

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The older model of ZTE’s hybrid Android device/Pico projector isn’t as powerful as the more recent SPro 2, but on the upside, you won’t need to go through AT&T to get it. This pocket-sized device will be just the ticket when students want to go through pictures with their friends while they’re traveling.

Red Bubble Throw Pillows


For many, graduating from college also means graduating from IKEA. That means throw pillows don’t have to be monochrome and $3 each anymore! They can have cool designs, like these throw pillows from Red Bubble.

Grain Audio OEHP Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones


Headphones are the fashion statement of the day, and this pair from Grain Audio speaks volumes. With earcups made of walnut and proprietary 40 mm drivers tuned for balance and warmth, these will faithfully reproduce all that prog rock your kid got into in college.


Silverlit Toys Nano Falcon


In the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s smallest infrared remote controlled helicopter, this tiny flier is a fine pick for grads of all ages.

VH Apparel Minx Slipper Socks


Nothing like kicking back in warm, fuzzy socks that double as slippers to celebrate the end of school. There’s also a smartphone pouch on these, for some reason I haven’t worked out yet. Guess it’s better than not having one!

UE BOOM Safe Haven Limited Edition


The UE Boom happens to be one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers we have ever tested. But not only does it sound great, it’s also downright artistic, making it perfect for the creative grad in your life. The one we have shown here is the Safe Haven Edition, designed by Greg “Craola” Simkins that retails for $199. But there are several other colorful editions to choose from as well.

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SMS Audio Star Wars Headphones


These aren’t just headphones – these are Star Wars headphones from SMS audio. And they don’t just sound great, but they will impress geeky grads who are Star Wars fans. The headphones retail for $179. May the force be with you grads.

Urban Armor Gear Maverick Case


For the accident prone, this rugged case meets military standards for drops, thanks to a hardened outer shell and a soft inner layer to absorb shocks. With any luck, that HTC One M9 will last until the M11 comes out in a couple years. Well, at least fingers crossed for the M10.


  1. Great list! The UE BOOM Safe Haven Limited Edition speaker is my favorite graduation gift pick. It looks like a cool design –and I don’t think anyone else would have the same one.